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Google Glass Public Units Sold Out


Google made Google Glass available to the public for the first time yesterday, the device was available to buy for $1,500 yesterday only.
Now Google has revealed that they managed to sell all of the Google Glass devices that were allocated for the public, although they did not reveal home many Google Glass Units were sold.
Welcome to our new Explorers! All spots in the Explorer Program have been claimed for now, but if you missed it this time, don’t worry. We’ll be trying new ways to expand the Explorer program in the future. You can sign up below to stay updated. That’s all for now, folks.
It looks like Google has plans to offer Google Glass to everyone again in the future, although the company has yet to reveal any details on this.
Source GoogleThe Next Web
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Samsung Gear Now And Gear Solo Trademarks


We heard before that Samsung is working on a new smart watch, the Samsung Gear Solo, and now two new trademark filing have been discovered for Samsung Gear devices.
The new trademarks that Samsung has filed with the USPTO are for the Samsung Gear Now and the Samsung Gear Solo, both devices are expected to be smart watches
We also heard that the Samsung Gear Solo, will be a stand alone device that will come with cellular built in, this would allow this new smartwatch to function without the need for a smartphone or tablet.
The Samsung Gear Solo will apparently let you make phone calls, send and receive texts, read emails, and more without needing to connect the device to a compatible smartphone.
As yet there are no details on when Samsung will launch the new Gear Solo and Gear Now, we do not have any information on the specifications on the Gear Now.
Source kopengalaxys5.
Friday, April 11, 2014

Samsung Gear Fit Teardown By iFixit



The Samsung Gear fit is part of Samsung’s latest smart watch range, the device is designed with fitness in mind, and it features a curved AMOLED display.


Rounding out the Samsung-o-Rama, today we focus on taking apart the Gear Fit. This little gus has quite the unique construction, given its general shape. But our wrists are round and it’s supposed to look like a band—so that’s to be expected.


According to iFixit, the Samsung Gear Fit score 6 out of 10 on their repair index, with 10 being the easiest to repair, the Galaxy S5 scored 5 out of 10 and the Samsung Gear 2 scored 8 out of 10.

Source iFixit

iLanyard: Keeping earbuds under control



Who first thought of putting a bit of cord onto the earpiece of sunglasses so you could hang them around your neck? As strange as that idea once might have been, it became a staple item in the eyewear business spawning several very successful brands, like Croakies, Chums, Cablz and a long list of others.


The same problem that made sunglasses lanyards useful – the simple question, “What do I do with my sunglasses if I need to remove them for a few minutes?” – is now being applied to the ubiquitous earbud with a new product called iLanyard™.


If you’re at the coffee shop ready to order while listing to your music, with iLanyard you merely pop your earbuds out and let them drop. Now you can get into your bag to grab your Starbucks card and your Kleen Canteen insulated mug without getting entangled with your earbud cord.


iLanyard™ is launching as a Kickstarter project by Berkeley CA based Mikki Zhang, who previously helped develop similarly manufactured products for a decade when she lived in China. iLanyard is made with a colorful nylon parachute cord that goes around the back of your neck. Terminating each end of the cord is a stylish anodized aluminum and thermoplastic rubber earbud cord grip. The earbud cord pops easily onto each grip and away you go.


To double your pleasure, iLanyard™ also functions as a simple cord wrap. Wind the earbud cord around your fingers, then tie the iLanyard™ around the cord to keep it in a nice, neat package.





Early bird Kickstarter backers are picking these up on Kickstarter for only $8 for the first 1000 backers. After that you can still get a deal at $10, which is almost $3 off the expected retail price of $12.95.



US Air Force Is Using Google Glass


According to a recent report by Venture Beat, the US Air Force is testing out Google Glass, and if the test go to plan Google Glass could be used by the military in the future.
A research team at Wright Paterson Air Force bases in Ohio are testing Google Glass, the group is called BATMAN which stands for Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided, and they are working on software and apps for Google Glass.
It doesn’t appear that Google and the US Air Force are working together on the project, and the Air Force purchased two pairs of the Google Glass devices through Google’s Glass Explorer program.
This is not the first time we have seen Google Glass used by the military and other services, as we have seen Firemen and Police officers using Google Glass.
Source Venture Beat
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Glowdeck Wireless Charger, Bluetooth Speaker And LED Light In One Device from Kickstarter


If you are looking for a more stylish Qi wireless charging device than the currently boring hands that are available to charge your smartphone. Then you might be interested in the Glowdeck which is being designed to provide a wireless charger, Bluetooth speaker and LED light all within one stylish device.
Glowdeck is fitted with 2 x 5W full-range speaker drivers, together with a high-power Class D amplifier and a embedded dynamic range microphone. Watch the video below to learn more about this desktop wireless charging solution for your smartphone.
“A Qi-wireless charging surface is a cool feature on its own, but what makes Glowdeck unique is the way its various elements work together, giving each individual feature capabilities that would not be possible on their own.
In most cases, Qi chargers continuously transmit power to the phone they’re charging, even after the phone is topped-off. And this can deplete the lifespan of your phone’s battery. So long as your phone is connected to Glowdeck via Bluetooth, Glowdeck is able to poll your phone’s charge level directly, and disable the charging surface automatically when your phone reaches 100%. 
By combining the data capabilities of Bluetooth 4.0 with the convenience of a wireless charging surface, Glowdeck raises the bar for what you will come to expect from the wireless charging experience.”
The Glowdeck project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think Glowdeck is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help Glowdeck become a reality.
Source: Kickstarter

Logitech K830 Home Entertainment Keyboard Announced


Logitech has announced the launch of a new home entertainment keyboard, the Logitech K830, which is designed to be used in the day and night time.
The Logitech K830 comes with backlit keys for use in the evening, and it will work up to 33 feet from your connected device, it also features a built in rechargeable battery that will give you up to 10 days of usage.
While relaxing at home, the Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 lets you sit back and browse your connected TV from up to 33 feet away, thanks to its advanced wireless connection. And, with backlit keys that automatically dim or brighten based on the amount of light in the room, you can use the keyboard day or night. There’s also no need to use a separate mouse since there is a smooth and responsive touchpad built into the keyboard.
You can find out more information over at Logitech at the link below.
Source Logitech

Sony A7S Camera Unveiled


Sony has this week announced the launch of a new full frame camera in the form of the new Sony Alpha 7S this will that will join the already available Sony Alpha7 and Alpha7R full-frame interchangeable lens cameras.
The new Sony A7S is equipped with a 12.2 megapixel 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor combined with a powerful BIONZ X image processor, allowing users to take photographs using a sensitivity range of ISO 50 to 409600 with unprecedented dynamic range and low noise.
The Sony A7S is also the worlds very first camera to the entire width of a full-frame image sensor in 4K video. Without cropping or line skipping as it can read and process data from every one of the sensor’s pixels. Neal Manowitz, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony Electronics.

“The alpha7S gives Sony the most complete, versatile lineup of full-frame cameras in the market today,”-”Between the alpha99, VG900, RX1, alpha7, alpha7R and now alpha7S models, we have completely revolutionized what it means to be a ‘full-frame’ camera, bringing a new level of quality and portability to enthusiast photographers and videographers.”
Todays press release for the launch of the Sony A7S camera reads :
“In video mode, the alpha7S can output 4K video4 at QFHD (3840×2160) to an optional external 3rd party 4K recorder, and can record full HD (1920×1080) at frame rates of 60p, 60i, 30p and 24p directly to a compatible memory card.   
Video modes can be changed from full-frame to APS-C (super 35mm equivalent) if desired, and in this crop mode, the camera can support high frame rate 120fps shooting at standard HD resolution (1280 x 720p), creating a 5x slow-motion effect.”
For the full Sony A7S press release jump over to the PR Newswire website. Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet by Sony for the new Alpha 7S.
Source: Verge
Monday, April 7, 2014

IK Multimedia releases AmpliTube Orange for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch



Orange and Apple: Orange® Amps make their debut on Apple mobile devices.
Now guitar and bass players can rock with the unmistakable tone of Orange everywhere they go.

IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories for iOS devices, is pleased to announce a new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app that will delight Orange Amplifier fanatics around the globe: AmpliTube Orange for iPhone/iPod touch and AmpliTube Orange for iPad. Officially licensed and developed in close partnership with Orange Amps, AmpliTube Orange is a real time mobile Orange Amplifier and effects studio featuring digital models of 5 classic and modern Orange guitar amplifiers and one Orange bass amplifier. Each amp and cab model has been meticulously recreated in both looks and sound to deliver spot-on Orange tone any time, everywhere.



Source ikmultimedia
Sunday, April 6, 2014

Solartab, the premium solar charger for phones and tablets, takes Kickstarter by storm




THREE-MAN TECH STARTUP CURRENTMESS SCORE A MAJOR SUCCESS ON KICKSTARTER.COM WITH “SOLARTAB”, A NEW BREED OF PORTABLE SOLAR CHARGER COMBINE EFFICIENT GREEN ENERGY WITH APPEALING DESIGN FOR UNIQUE PRODUCT

Small tech startup CurrentMESS released their brainchild, the “Solartab”, on kickstarter.com on April 2nd after having worked around the clock for weeks to put the finishing touches on the innovative product.

The multinational trio, consisting of Simon Methi, Eskil Vestre and Mathias Einberger, knew perfectly well that they might be on to something big with their solar charger. But the response on the crowdfunding platform has nevertheless been even better than anything they dared hope for, the trio explains to TechNews24h.

The three friends, who originally met while studying abroad in East Asia, launched their eco-friendly gadget on Kickstarter with a funding goal of 30 000 US dollars, which they hoped to collect from supporters during the course of one month. Now, just three days into their funding period, 160 backers have already in total raised roughly 60 per cent of the funding goal.

The trio are amazed and happy with the response so far. “It’s quite incredible. We are so thankful to all our dedicated backers, and feel truly privileged to have so many people out there who believe in what we do” says Methi to TechNews24h.

The Solartab is a high quality solar charger with attractive Scandinavian design and an efficient solar panel, which lets it users not only charge smartphones on the go, but even tablets.

Featuring a solar panel the size of an iPad, the Solartab lets its users charge any mobile device using green, sun-fueled energy. And even more impressively, iPad enthusiasts can charge their beloved touch-screen gadget even while they’re listening to their favorite summer tune, or browsing the Internet.



“We wanted to create a really powerful charger that people would actually want to use, all the time”, says Einberger to TechNews24h. “Solar power should never be a mere gimmick – on the contrary, we believe it’s the future of power consumption!”

The enthusiastic young team may very well be on to something. Forward-thinking corporations are currently investing heavily in green energy alternatives, and Google alone have recently made wind and solar investments totaling more than $1 billion.

Using Methi, Vestre and Einberger’s new breed of solar charger, keeping energy-hungry smartphones or tablets going all day at the beach, music festivals or picnics in the park is easier than ever. The smart-looking device is also equipped with a high capacity internal battery, which means you can store solar power for later – and give any tablet another full charge after sunset.

According to the team, as long as the sun is out, the Solartab will always charge at maximum efficiency. To keep this promise, they not only increased the solar panel’s size way beyond what you’ll find on the average portable solar charger on the market today, but also included an inventive built-in cover.


The unique cover not only gives the Solartab a stunning and nostalgic look, but also works as a stand for the solar panel, which lets users angle the solar panel in three different positions. After adjusting the angle to the sun’s current position, all that’s left to do is plug in any smartphone or tablet and let nature take care of the rest.


Oh, and the cover will also protect the Solartab while it’s tucked away in bags, on the way between beaches and parks. Making sure the charger’s premium look won’t be compromised with scratches or stains. Watch the video below


Making green energy truly accessible to design-conscious, young people with an active lifestyle, it’s no wonder that the Solartab team have struck crowdfunding gold on Kickstarter.com.

Links
http://kickstarter.com/projects/solartab/solartab-the-premium-solar-charger
Saturday, April 5, 2014

Halfbike - the personal vehicle that brings joy back to urban mobility



Halfbike is hand made locally from high-quality materials and components. We emphasize on the clear and minimalistic design and optimized details. We take care of the frame and handlebar manufacturing along with all the necessary testing to ensure a high quality product. The lightweight aluminium frame is laser cut and hand welded and the handlebar is hand crafted from impregnated plywood. The rest of the components are meticulously selected and come from a range of well renowned manufacturers. All the pieces will be carefully assembled in our workshop.


Halfbike brings you a completely new experience. It’s a vehicle that combines running and cycling, which turns out to be remarkably exciting and fun for getting around the city. A bicycle revised both in terms of size and functionality, a new kind of personal vehicle designed with rider experience in mind. Halfbike is light, compact and simple. You stand upright and turn simply by leaning your body. The ride is smooth and sometimes feels like gliding. We hope that Halfbike can show you what pure joy from riding really means.








Visit Halfbike Project on Kickstarter

SherWire – An iPhone Cable With Lifetime Warranty



Lightening cables are the lifeline of our iPhones. However, they break easily -- becoming a rather irritating and repetitive investment. A new Kickstarter project, SherWire by JeetoProducts, offers iPhone users with the ultimate iPhone lightening cable backed by a lifetime warranty.

The only reliable source for purchasing a replacement lightening wire is Apple itself. But, even those end up breaking again. Amazon and eBay are great, but they are often made of cheap materials and fail to work all together. SherWire plans on changing this all up -- putting the charge back in the consumer's hands. 

Apple's standard charging wire is three and a half feet long, however, SherWire is six feet long -- making it easy to charge and use your device at the same time.
Unlike many of the wires you can find online for cheap, SherWire is MFI certified meaning it was specially designed for your i-device. 

Apart from the quality and length, the true value in SherWire comes from JeetoProducts' guaranteed lifetime warranty. Once purchased, you are covered for life with free replacements of broken wires. Check the video after the break


With 28 days left, JeetoProducts plans to use its Kickstarter funds towards the final prototyping, first production run, website, MFI certification and retail packaging of SherWire.

Visit Sherwire project 

Ion: A Music Detecting Mood Light with Bluetooth Low Energy


Anyone looking to add a little mood to their environment whilst listening to music might be interested in a new and very unique lighting system called the Ion.
The Ion is equipped with Bluetooth low energy connectivity allowing you to control it directly from your smartphone or tablet device. The Ion light responds to music and has a number of different modes for you to choose choose from. learn more in the video after the jump.
“ION’s genesis began with our first Kickstarter project, Ember & Torch (Bluetooth Low Energy development boards) back in June of 2013. One of the demonstrations for Ember that we built was an app-controlled LED lamp.”
“We demonstrated Ember, Torch, and the LED lamp at Social Media Day Detroit 2013. We quickly discovered that visitors were more interested in where they could purchase the lamp than Ember & Torch. Due to this overwhelming positive response to the lamp, we knew it was time to take it to the next level and create a consumer product. ION was born.
When setting out to build ION, we wanted to create something fun and beautiful. We love light and music, so we knew our device had to incorporate both. We’ve been working to push the boundaries of what can be done with LED lighting, and we’re very excited to showcase our creation.
Throughout the last nine months, we’ve developed 3 different designs of ION, and each time we’ve raised the bar.”
The Ion Light project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think Ion Light is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help Ion Light become a reality.”
Source: Kickstarter

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 now goes solo with GPS



Parrot has launched a new version of their AR Drone, the Parrot AR Drone GPS Edition.
The Parrot AR Drone GPS Edition will retail for $299.95, and the device comes with Parrot’s GPS Slight Recorder, and a camouflage paint job.

In April 2014, Parrot will release the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 GPS Edition, a new special edition of the camouflage AR.Drone 2.0 model that comes with the GPS Flight Recorder module. Skilled pilots will benefit from more accurate flight stabilization, their flight displayed in 3D, GPS localization of their journey, and the ability for their AR Drone 2.0 to fly automatically.





Flight Recorder GPS Module: The black box. Plugged into the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 USB port, the GPS Flight Recorder turns into a real black box and saves more than 350 parameters including the exact position of the quadricopter throughout each flight. When flying more than 6 meters high, this will also enhance its stabilisation.  
The collected data can be viewed in 3D and analysed through the AR.Drone Academy maps.
Equipped with 4Go Flash memory, the GPS Flight Recorder Module can also record approximately two hours of HD video. This content can be easily shared with the AR.Drone community via the AR.Drone Academy.
You can find out more information about the new Parrot AR Drone GPS Edition over at Parrot at the link below.
Source Parrot , ar.drone2.0
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Double O - A simple, safe, secure bike light


Designer Paul Cocksedge has designed a fantastic new set of bicycle lights called the Double O which stay in place using magnets and incorporate rechargeable batteries, and bright LEDs.
The innovative Double O bicycle lights incorporate LED lights as do many other bike lights, but on the Double Os the LEDs have been spaced to provide plenty of illumination without the dazzling effect that you get from many bike lights currently on the market equipped with LED technology.
Another great feature about the new Double O bike lights is that they provide an easy way for them to be secured to your bike lock, when you need to leave your bike, but don’t fancy carrying your lights with you. Check out the video below to learn more about the inspiration behind the Double O bike lights from the designer.
“Double O bike lights have magnets inside so putting them on and taking them off is hassle free. Fix the polycarbonate mounts onto the bike frame with the nut and bolt provided. Push on the back Double O and snap on the front Double O and the magnets inside will securely hold them in place.
Double O’s are extremely robust and hard wearing. Along with a polycarbonate shell and silicone backing, they also have neodymium-grade magnets inside to make them really strong. We have done extensive tests to ensure that the magnets are robust enough and the lights stay on.”
The Double O Bike Light project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think the Double O is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help Double O Bike Light become a reality.
Source: Kickstarter

Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor for iOS and Android


If you have been patiently waiting to get your hands on the new Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor that was unveiled earlier this year, you will be pleased to know that the Bluetooth 4.0 device is now available to purchase and supports both iOS and Android devices.
Previously the wired Withings Blood Pressure Monitor only supported iOS devices via a wire connection, but since the addition of the new Bluetooth connectivity users with either device can now wirelessly monitor and track their blood pressure with ease.

Withings also offers an electronic wireless scales that can also be used with their companion applications to monitor your health, weight, and BMI, that when combined with your blood pressure can alert you to any changes that might require medical assistance. To learn more about the new Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor and how it works watch the video below.
The new Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is now available to purchase for $129. For more information on the new Bluetooth blood pressure monitor jump over to the Withings websitefor details.
Source: Withings

EverDock Go - Universal Car Dock For iPhone And Android


The original EverDock raised over $450,000 on Kickstarter, and now its creators are back with a new car dock designed to work with the iPhone and Android devices, the EverDock Go.
Cars come in all shapes and sizes. Creating a docking solution that works in any car wasn’t easy.  Over half of the states in the US have outlawed mounting devices to the windshield, so window mounts were eliminated. The dash is also a big variable and docks on the dash can also obstruct your view.
So, we decided to focus on the cup holder. Just about every car on the road has at least one cup holder that is easily accessible. Mounting the EverDock Go inside the cup holder was a challenge we solved by using a small locking disc placed at the bottom of your cup holder.
Using this ingenious mounting method, the EverDock Go stays firmly in place in any car yet is easily removed with just a simple twist.

The EverDock Go is designed to work with the iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4 and a number of Android devices including devices from HTC and Samsung plus a range of other manufacturers, have a look at the video over at Kickstarter.
The EverDock Go will retail for $50 when it launches, although the early bird is available in Kickstarter for $35, you can find out more information over at Kickstarter at the link below.
Source Kickstarter

RC car hits 188 miles per hour, breaks world record




R/C Bullet is a one-tenth scale car that has reached a top speed of over 188 mph.
Nic Case didn’t take the R/C record from anyone else either. He was the holder of the previous record at 171.97 mph and took it from himself. The R/C Bullet isn’t made from parts you can buy from your local hobby store either. Not surprising considering the speeds we are talking about. Most of the car is custom designed and fabricated to be as light and sturdy as possible.



The entire thing weighs just 10 pounds and generates 10 horsepower from its electric motors. One of the main challenges with this design was getting all that power transferred to the wheels. The problem is that the car moves so fast it’s easy to produce lift that reduces tire efficiency. So he used a low-profile scoop-shaped body and larger 3-inch tires to counter the effect.
Another problem is that when the car gets up to speed, the motor spins so fast that it threatens to throw the vehicle off target. So the team added a heavy brass weight to the drive shaft that counters the inertia of the motor. He thinks he can reach 200 mph if he continues to modify the design.
Source Geek

Monday, March 31, 2014

New startup introduces the world’s first postbox sensor to work from any distance



Olsi startup is revolutionizing post with Postybell, a post box sensor that can detect post mail from any distance, long or short. The new cellular based sensor device sends you a real-time cellular alert when you receive post mail, no matter how far you are from your post box. postybell works with all phones, including house, cell, and Smartphones. It simply rings the number you configure it to. To make things even more convenient, Olsi has developed an app that “catches & records” and manages these alerts. The app currently supports Android devices, but developing a version for iOS is next on their agenda.


“By providing you with total control over your post box, Postybell takes snail mail into the online era, allowing you to review all logs and perform actions from any device”, Olsi’s CEO, Oren Lasman commented.






Eliminating the distance barrier, Postybell informs you when you receive letters or packages to your post box, wherever you are. Combining a proximity sensor and a GSM module, Postybell senses any movement in the post box, immediately notifying you. While past attempts have been made to create such a device, they all relied on Wifi or Bluetooth technologies, alerting you ONLY if you were a short distance from your post box.

Recently, Olsi launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $30,000, through the popular crowd funding platform. Funds raised will be used for the proposed iOS version, creating a product mold, as well as for production of Postybell’s first edition. Future upgrades to Postybell include a built-in camera that sends real-time pictures of new post mail and plans to expand Postybell’s capability range, by adding heat, humidity, and gas sensors.






Website: http://igg.me/at/postybell/x/568581

Me Mover - New, compact, step-driven vehicle (Video)



A step machine on wheels, Me-Mover takes just minutes to learn, and to delight in the advantages: better ergonomics and posture, visibility, steering and exercise. Our unique, balanced three-wheeled design offers an entirely new way to ride, standing and stepping in an easy, natural manner. At any pace you choose – walking, jogging or biking speeds – you'll enjoy improved control, balance and visibility. 

This Danish design breakthrough is, quite simply, the first set of wheels designed for all the ways we move in cities, from busy streets and park trails to flea markets and bike lanes. The Me-Mover isn't just a new human-powered vehicle, it's an entirely new category, bringing together remarkable advances in personal transport and training – for commuters and casual riders, tourists and triathletes.

For more info visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/107750026/new-compact-step-driven-vehicle-its-your-move

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